After what was a whirlwind weekend for Carol Shea-Porter, it’s a good bet that she’s reconsidering her decision to delay meeting with her constituents. Maybe a few more weeks of bad media for not hosting face-to-face town halls would have resulted in better coverage. See below for some of the headlines, news stories and postings from the weekend. Don’t miss the Must-See-TV linked here and below.
Union Leader: Tempers Hot At Shea-Porter Health Meeting (Garry Rayno & Trent Spiner, Manchester Union Leader, August 30, 2009)
Anger and hostility caught up with U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter yesterday at health care forums in Manchester and Portsmouth. . . . . In Manchester, several attendees questioned why it was limited to an hour and why more people were not allowed inside. Full Story
Foster’s Daily Democrat: Tempers Flare At Portsmouth Health Forum (Geoff Cunningham, Foster’s Daily Democrat, August 30, 2009)
Angry shouts and occasional booing marked a Saturday town-hall style meeting that saw Democratic Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter meeting face-to-face with several New Hampshire residents who expressed frustration with her ongoing pledge to push for a "public" health care option. . . . . The legislator on many occasions finished her responses only to hear members of the crowd shout "answer the question." . . . .The second-term Democratic congresswoman made it clear she is supporting legislation that would create a government-run health insurance plan . . . . Full Story
Politico: New GOP Tactic – The Counter Town Hall (Michael Falcone, Politico, August 30, 2009)
In the case of Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.), whose GOP challenger Frank Guinta has a town hall scheduled for Monday, the scrutiny over her reticence to hold open town halls led to unflattering press coverage. . . . .The congresswoman made her name as an anti-war activist who followed the incumbent she defeated in 2006 from town hall to town hall. She was even escorted out of a 2005 town hall meeting featuring President George W. Bush, so her aversion to scheduling such events as an officeholder struck a nerve. . . . . Shea-Porter ultimately relented and agreed to hold a town hall meeting on Saturday— two days before Guinta’s event. Full Story
RedState: Meet New Boss Rep Shea-Porter (D, NH)
So... four years ago, she was getting escorted out of town hall meetings; now she’s the one ordering the escorting. Sort of a microcosm of the selling-out story arc, isn’t it? ...Shea-Porter can be seen instructing security to remove a man for standing to ask a question without a ticket. Shea-Porter previously held a lottery to determine who could ask questions. She can also be heard taunting the man on his way out by saying, “I do hope the movie theater can be a little quieter for you.
This is a curious re-election strategy, especially for a Representative who made her name by bird-dogging her former Congressman at his town-hall forums. Consistency isn’t Carol Shea-Porter’s strong suit, apparently, as she demonstrates in this clip from the meeting she finally held with constituents after dodging them for most of the month. When one of her constituents challenges the presence of union enforcers in the crowd, Shea-Porter asks for police intervention.